The second Central Asian expert forum "Dialogue on water issues in Central Asia: from the national to the regional levels" was held in the capital of Kazakhstan. The forum participants discussed issues of cooperation in solving water, energy and environmental problems, as well as the development of tourism in Central Asia.
According to the UN, by 2050 the population in Kazakhstan will reach 23 million people, in Uzbekistan - almost 41 million, Tajikistan - 14.5 million, Kyrgyzstan - 8.1 million, and Turkmenistan - 7.8 million. The growth of the population in the region automatically increases the needs of agriculture and industry. In this regard, such meetings are of practical use, where the ways to improve the management of transboundary water resources and minimize the environmental consequences of the Aral crisis are actively discussed, said one of the participants of the Second Central Asian expert forum, leading researcher of the Library of the Elbassy Osman Dosov.
- The holding of the Second Central Asian expert forum is a positive trend, indicating that representatives of the Central Asian countries have the desire, aspirations, and opportunities for a systematic discussion of the most important problems of the region. I am sure that the expert assessments and proposals voiced will be reflected in decision-making at the national level and will bring the positions of all parties closer together.
According to the expert, water and energy issues are becoming more relevant every year, requiring cooperation of all Central Asian countries to find compromises. Now more than ever, there is an urgent need to move from discussing risks and challenges to jointly addressing issues.
The second Central Asian expert forum "Dialogue on water issues in Central Asia: from the national to the regional levels" was organized by the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Kazakhstan (KazISS) jointly with the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Central Asia.